The playground is a place for laughter, energy and happiness. But what is it about the outdoors that provides children with such social stimulation? For one, outdoor play allows children to let off steam, reducing their anxiety levels, but there’s more to it than that just stress-busting. Through the use of outdoor playground equipment, children learn how to interact and cooperate with one another in a way that keeps a smile on everyone’s face.
A 2105 study by the UK’s leading playground supplier, Playforce, demonstrated that investment in school playgrounds increases children’s physical activity and improves behaviour. This initial study is now being followed up by further research amongst customers into the evidential impact that investment in play areas has for school-age children.
Mark Wood, TCL Group Managing Director for Play, said: “As part of our commitment to giving every child the opportunity to live a healthy, active life, we're asking customers that have had a Playforce installation in the last 36 months to complete a short survey. The survey will look at the impact installing a playground has had on physical activity levels, behaviour and positive attitudes to learning”.
As an Early Years Practitioner, it’s all about preparation, learning and achieving day to day. At Childcare Expo, you can do all of this in one day. By attending the show dedicated to the early years industry, childcare professionals can save both time and money along with filling up their bags and minds with heaps of useful and inspiring knowledge and tools that they can take straight back to their setting.
In 2014 Tavistock House Day Nursery Ltd were given the go-ahead to turn a former boxing club in Hetton, Sunderland into a new pre-school nursery.
At Hetton House Day Nursery they believe that the early years in a child's life are very important. Ensuring that the children and staff would have a safe and comfortable environment that would be fit for purpose would be at the forefront of their planning, which would of course include the best quality flooring possible. The installation would be done by Tyne and Weir-based Aiken Flooring Contracts Ltd, with the final choice of products falling to international flooring and interiors specialist Gerflor, who would supply 513m² of their hugely popular Taralay Impression Control and Tarasafe Ultra products.
The London Early Years Foundation is an award-winning family of 38 nurseries across London. As a charity and social enterprise we really care about early childhood, childcare and helping families from all backgrounds achieve the best for their under-fives.
Since they began in 1903, their aim has been to change the world one child at a time. Together with families and communities, they enable each child to be the best they can be through wonderful experiences that enrich and extending their learning.
Thursday 29th September marks World Heart Day, an important day committed to raising awareness about the heart and cardiovascular diseases. It is also a great opportunity to help people understand the important role played by their hearts.
The heart is one of the most vital organs in the body and is fundamental to our health. It’s important to care for our hearts to ensure we live a healthy and fulfilling life.
It's reported that approximately 60,000 sudden cardiac arrests (SCA) take place outside of the hospital each year in the UK. When someone suffers from SCA, every minute is critical to their chances of survival. Therefore, it is important that people understand what to do in case of an emergency.
The firm launched the enterprise back in 2003 to provide comprehensive cover and bespoke packages to the childcare sector.
Since then dot2dot has grown into one of the UK’s leading insurers for the sector covering 70,000 children in more than 1,700 nurseries throughout the UK and protecting in excess of£1.7bn in assets.
One of the biggest challenges many parents face is having a picky eater in the family. Many children become fussy with food around the age of 18-24 months, often forming the start of a long term battle for many parents.
The Government recommends that all children eat 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day, but research suggests that only 1 in 5 children achieve this - with many pre-schoolers often having days where they eat no fruit or vegetables at all. In contrast, the average child consumes more than three times the maximum amount of processed sugar recommended.
• 29 nurseries and nursery chains fell into insolvency last year, up from 16 in 2014/15
• High staff-child ratio results in spiralling costs for nurseries
The number of nurseries falling into insolvency in England and Wales has almost doubled in the last year, as 29 nurseries became insolvent compared to just 16 during 2014/15, an increase of 81%*, says Moore Stephens, the top ten accountancy firm.
Moore Stephens adds that the introduction of the National Living Wage** has increased staff costs, which has piled further pressure onto nurseries.
Moore Stephens says that whilst many nurseries would prefer to keep childcare fees low, the financial strain they are under has forced some to raise fees which risks pricing parents out of the market.
Sand is an incredibly versatile substance. It can be manipulated into almost any form, making it ideal for use in outdoor play. If your nursery has a sandtable, then it’s important that each activity is planned with a learning objective. With so much potential for fun and sensory stimulation, introducing games that get your child thinking and creating will significantly improve their development.
Since trips to the beach are both unpredictable and uncontrollable, sand play can be the next best thing. Finding time to include some of these activities in your children’s playtime will help them get to grips with a tactile material, without the unexpected incidents of the great outdoors.